We have been talking about how powerful our words are on us and on those around us. So many times we just say things without any concern for what those words mean or how they sound. How many of us are willing to admit that we have said something to someone that has crushed them but we really did not mean it. Like I said last post the Bible tells us that we can give life or death with our words. Let’s look at another passage from proverbs.
An evil man is trapped by his rebellious speech, but the righteous escapes from trouble. A man will be satisfied with good by the words of his mouth, and the work of a man’s hands will reward him. A fool’s way is right in his own eyes, but whoever listens to counsel is wise. A fool’s displeasure is known at once, but whoever ignores an insult is sensible. Whoever speaks the truth declares what is right, but a false witness, deceit. There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword; but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue, only a moment. Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy (Proverbs 12:13-20).
I have put in bold the words that talk about our words. Notice the amazing power that is in them. Also notice how the words effect us and those around us according to the writer of Proverbs. Our words will trap us or they will cause us to escape from trouble. Our words make us satisfied along with the works of our hand. If we listen to council and not just ourselves we will find wisdom. Our words gives away our displeasure but we are sensible if we ignore insults. When we speak the truth we are are giving what is right. With rash (hurtful and without thinking) words we are guilty of stabbing people in the heart. but if we give words that from the write heart we bring healing to those around us. Our words last forever if truth is in them but if not they are forgotten and are meaningless. The words that come out of our mouth come form what we really think and believe in our hearts. Do your words promote peace or are they filled with anger and hurt.
I just want us to be aware of the things that we say. I believe that the church is called to bring healing through words. However when our hearts are full of bigotry, hate, bitterness or arrogance there is no way we can do what we have been called to do.
In His Grip,